16 April 2020 – Equine immunoglobulin project promoted as a possible treatment for COVID-19

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health, Research and Development
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Council for Scientific and Technological Research

Overview: The National Council for Scientific and Technological Research promotes an equine neutralizing immunoglobulin project as a possible treatment for COVID-19. They will fund the Clodomiro Picado Institute (ICP) for the purchase of the recombinant protein of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus for the purpose of producing equine neutralizing immunoglobulins as a possible treatment for COVID-19. This effort could put in a period of 3 months around 600 doses of equine neutralizing immunoglobulins, with the expectation of being able to provide the country, and why not, to the world, a sustained therapy over time.
Full details here: http://www.conicit.go.cr/prensa/comunicados/38-Inmunoglobinas_contra_COVID-19.aspx

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic
Evidence/Justification: Clodomiro Picado Institute (ICP) from the University of Costa Rica is advancing research on Covid-19 treatment.